Quebec forest fires continue to rage out of control

August 10th, 2018


QUEBEC – The situation was still critical Friday in central Quebec as a dozen forest fires continued to rage out of control – forcing residents of two native reserves to flee.

Quebec’s forest fire protection agency, the Sopfeu, said 62 fires were burning across the province Friday morning and 14 were out of control. More than 29,000 hectares of forest have so far been destroyed.

The Abitibi region, in northern Quebec, and the Haute-Mauricie region, located north of Trois-Rivieres, are the two provincial hot spots.

The recent heat wave in Quebec has increased the risks of forest fires and lightning has also sparked fires.

As well, the forecast for hot and dry conditions for the next few days isn’t encouraging firefighters.

The Sopfeu also noted20 new fires flared up overnight Friday.

The fire protection agency has 14 water bombers, 50 helicopters and more than 800 firefighters battling the flames across the province.

It has requested reinforcements from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre and two water bombers from Manitoba have landed in Quebec. The state of Maine said Friday it is sending 21 firefighters to help battle the wildfires.

One of the biggest blazes in central Quebec forced the evacuation of more than 1,300 people from the Wemotaci First Nation reserve, located some 300 kilometres north of Trois-Rivieres.

The residents were taken by bus Wednesday night to nearby La Tuque and bunked down at the school or with friends, family or at the hotel.

"There’s room for everyone to sleep, that’s good news," said Transport Minister Julie Boulet speaking to reporters in La Tuque Thursday. "We’re here should other needs arise and we will support these people so their stay is the most comfortable possible, considering the circumstances."

The fire was still at the village’s boundaries Thursday and a thick cloud of smoke covered the region. "There’s smoke over an area of 100 kilometres by 100 kilometres," said Jacques Raymond, spokesman for civil security in the Mauricie region.

The provincial police said fire damage in the Wemotaci Atikamekw reserve was limited to a home and a shed. The evacuation order was still enforced and the road that leads to the village remained closed.

Authorities are also keeping their eyes on fires near the reserves of Obedjiwan, where about 70 residents were evacuated, and Manawan, as well as the village of Parent, all in central Quebec.

Late Thursday provincial police said a preventive evacuation of 300 people was taking place in Manawan, involving people with health or mobility problems and pregnant women.

They were bused to Joliette where they were to set up camp in a local arena.

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Toronto police make first arrests after banks vandalized

August 10th, 2018

At least one person has been arrested in connection with anti-G20 graffiti spray-painted on Toronto banks overnight.

Vandals spray-painted slogans such as “Resist G20″³ and “Stop G20″³ on bank walls, windows and ATMs.

As many as six banks were targeted in the Spadina and Dundas and the Spadina and College areas. The suspect reportedly rode a bicycle between his targets around 3 a.m. Investigators hope to learn more by reviewing security footage.

At least one person has been charged with mischief, according to reports.

“It’s quite clear that the billion dollars that’s spent is not there to protect taxpayers, it’s there to protect Stephen Harper’s photo-op,” city councillor Adam Vaughan said Friday morning.

“It’s just wrong. It wasn’t just the banks that got tagged – it’s … small businesses that got tagged.”

Mr. Vaughan, whose ward will likely be seriously affected by security surrounding the world leaders’ summit, expressed frustration on Thursday that the federal government will not be compensating homeowners or businesses for property damage sustained during the G20.

“The Prime Minister’s office has got to revisit this policy now,” Mr. Vaughan said. “I don’t understand the federal government that won’t protect its own citizens.”

A Royal Bank branch in Ottawa was also firebombed last week. No one was injured; initial estimates suggested the vandals caused $300,000 damage. On an independent media website, the perpetrators warned they are also headed for the G20 in Toronto.

That incident is cause for even more concern, Mr. Vaughan said. Many of the buildings are extremely old and vulnerable to fire, and low-income residents live above shops in the area, he stressed.

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Ottawa won’t pay for G20 damage: councillor

August 10th, 2018

The federal government says it will not pay for damage suffered by property owners as a result of protests against the G20 meeting next month, according to Toronto Councillor Adam Vaughan.

In an email released by the councillor, a member of the Summits Management Office writes that damage caused by third parties, including vandalism, will not be compensated.

"These types of damages are insurable under normal insurance coverage," wrote Effie Triantafilopoulos, deputy director and special advisor G20 liaison.

"This is absolutely unacceptable," Mr. Vaughan told reporters at City Hall on Thursday. "They’re bringing this party to town. They know what accompanies this sort of event, and for them to walk away from small businesses after they spent $1-billion on themselves is an absolute disgrace, and Stephen Harper ought to have an answer for those small businesses."

He said city staff had been negotiating with the federal government on how costs would be covered when they learned of this development.

Leaders of the G20 countries will be meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 26 and 27, protected by a fenced-in security perimeter in the downtown core. Mr. Vaughan has long argued that the event should have been held at Exhibition Place.

He said the city had tried to convince the federal government to post a bond in advance to cover the costs incurred during the event. He added that in the Entertainment District, businesses "can’t even get insurance for plate-glass windows because of the behaviour of club kids, so these people are in a more vulnerable position."

The summit’s website details what may and may not be covered by the government. Businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals living or working inside the security zone and who suffer financial loss as a result may be eligible for compensation. For those outside the zone, but who do business in it, certain claims may be eligible, the website states.

In addition to vandalism, the government will not compensate damages for personal injury, damages for emotional stress, "amounts that can be paid out by means of another instrument, such as statutory or regulatory scheme, Treasury Board policy, program, grant or contribution" along with private security measures "as security agencies will be providing the required security."

The estimated cost to police the G8, in Huntsville, and G20 summits is approaching $1-billion. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Mayor David Miller said Ottawa is paying for the G20.

"Ottawa is covering the costs of the G20, period. The city is not on the hook for them, so it’s up to them what they deem to be a cost," he said. "Property damage is between the individual properties and Ottawa."

He said there is an agreement with the federal government that they will cover Toronto police overtime.

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Huntsville to become securityville as G8 Summit approaches

December 23rd, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Ont. – In less than a month, the picturesque town of Huntsville, most known for its towering pine trees and idyllic lakes, will be transformed into a high-security zone protected by an unwelcoming metal fence and guarded by soldiers and Mounties.

For the 19,000 year-round residents, the preparations for next month’s G8 Summit have been two years in the making, but the impact it will have on their lives has only begun.

Valerie Alles lives on the hill directly above the posh century-old Deerhurst Resort where the G8 meetings will be held June 25-26.

As one of the hundreds of residents living near the summit zone, Alles and her husband will be forced to wear ID passes at all times and go through security checkpoints when they leave or enter their home that week.

"The summit is only two days so it doesn’t really justify all this security stuff," said Alles, enjoying a day at one of the beaches on Peninsula Lake, where Deerhurst is situated. "The soldiers are already camping out in town and security has stopped me a few times on my way home. My friends have seen the military apparently practicing drills on their property. In the end, I hope Huntsville gets some exposure from all of this."

The couple has been told they can’t have any visitors during the summit. Alles’ husband, a logger who carries fuel and chainsaws for his job, has also been warned he will be bodychecked each time he passes through one of the many barricades set up along a stretch of Highway 60 leading to the couple’s home. He’s still deciding whether he can afford to take the week off to avoid the inconvenience altogether.

An estimated 10,000 security personnel, including members from the Canadian Forces, RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police, and private security guards, were expected to be in Huntsville, located approximately 250 kilometres north of Toronto.

Leaders from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States will join Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the two days of meetings aimed at tackling foreign policies on a number of topics including: labour and trade, poverty, health and the environment.

The security detail for some of the dignitaries are anticipated to be up to 50 vehicles in length.

Earlier this week, the federal government announced a $930-million price tag for security at the back-to-back summits: the G8 Summit and immediately following, the G20 Summit in downtown Toronto.

Ottawa initially estimated security costs at $179 million.

Although no specifics were released about where the money will go, the majority, $450 million, has been pegged for the RCMP. The summits will be the largest security event ever in Canada, even surpassing what was required for the recent 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

Most of the security and police officers will be staying at White’s Pit, a 24-hectare quarry that has been filled with rows and rows of portable trailers. Cement trucks and crews can be seen working away in the fenced-off area.

Undoubtedly, one of the major security features at the summit will be a $3.9-million fence that is being built around 324-hectares at the Deerhurst Resort. The three-metre high fence, about eight-kilometres long, will cut through the resort’s manicured golf course and into the surrounding Muskoka bush.

It’s yet to be completed but can be seen as far away as nearby Highway 60.

Last weekend, the official G8 Centre, the location where the meetings will take place, was opened at the luxury resort.

For the past few months, there has been a steady stream of construction trucks around Deerhurst as workers ready for the summit. Roads are being repaved, even the rocks along the side of the highway are being hosed down to a pristine condition.

Huntsville resident Ron Schut thinks all the preparation is much hoopla about nothing.

"We’re spending a lot of money for this," he said, walking to his pickup truck. "In the end, the taxpayers are going to have to pay for it. That’s politics."

Schut, who lives about 15 minutes from the town centre, said he and his wife will look after their grandchildren during the summit. School bus service in the area has been cancelled and teachers have told parents not to drive in their kids.

The family plans on stocking up on groceries and staying indoors, waiting for the crowds to leave town.

On Main Street in downtown Huntsville, Helen Luvison said her husband Lou said naysayers have been few and far between. The majority of the townsfolk want to showcase the reasons behind the Muskoka region’s motto: "Once Discovered, Never Forgotten."

"We’re all really proud of Huntsville and what we have to offer," she said. "We all know something like this will never happen again."

One of the ways the couple is readying for the summit is by nailing plywood to the windows of their IDA drugstore to prepare for the protesters expected to come into town.

"We bought it (the wood) because we know no one is going to come fix our windows at 3 a.m.," said Luvison, who has owned the store for 23 years. "We don’t anticipate any trouble. It’s just a precaution."

She said she’s going to have to bring all the flower boxes that dot the front of her store inside, and plans on extending working hours past 6 p.m.

The Luvisons are also stocking up their drug inventory, joking sunscreen and bug spray will likely be the big sellers.

Jeremy McClung, a pastor at the Muskoka Community Church, said the anticipation has definitely been building.

Soldiers can be seen walking around town in their fatigues and the other day, McClung said, he and his son saw two black military helicopters fly overhead in a practice formation.

"To me, this is going to be the most exciting thing to ever happen to Huntsville," he said, enjoying some famous Muskoka ice cream.

Mayor Claude Doughty said there have been few complaints about the anticipated crowds. Huntsville usually sees about an additional 100,000 people pass through town during the peak cottage season of July and August.

"The people who are apprehensive probably plan to holiday somewhere else, the people who aren’t, are here and looking forward to the event," he said. "Huntsville is made up of a lot of people who have a lot of self reliance. They’re not intimidated by crowds."

Doughty said the good news for the leaders is that black fly season should be over by the time they arrive.

"There are very few black flies. I have yet to see my first this year," he said. "The black flies are vastly overrated and they aren’t going to be a problem at all on those manicured grounds around Deerhurst. But the leaders should definitely bring sunscreen. The sun always shines in Huntsville."

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World Bank cancels Haiti’s debt

December 23rd, 2018

WASHINGTON – The World Bank said Friday it had cancelled Haiti’s remaining debt to help the impoverished country recover from a devastating earthquake four months ago.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, will not have to repay 36 million dollars owed to the International Development Association (IDA), the bank’s fund for the poorest countries, the Washington-based institution said in a statement.

"Haiti now has no further amounts payable to the World Bank," it said.

The IDA debt cancellation was made possible by contributions from 13 member nations: Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Shortly after the massive earthquake in January flattened the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, the 186-nation World Bank announced it had suspended repayment of the IDA debt and would seek to cancel it.

"Relieving Haiti’s remaining debt is part of our effort to pursue every avenue to help Haiti’s reconstruction efforts," Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, said in the statement.

"We will continue to work in close co-operation with the Haitian government and our international partners to support the country’s recovery and longer-term development."

The World Bank noted it has made available 479 million dollars in grants to support Haiti’s post-quake recovery and development through June 2011 and is also the trustee of the multi-donor Haiti Reconstruction Fund.

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Police warn public of convicted sex offender

December 23rd, 2018

Winnipeg police and the RCMP are issuing a warning to the public regarding a convicted sex offender, who is considered a moderate to high risk of becoming involved in further sexual offences.

27 year old Graeme Kyle Brown will be released from Stony Mountain Institution on May 28, 2010. He is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg.

Brown has previous convictions for Sexual Interference and Making and Possessing Child Pornography. Although he participated in some sex offender treatment programs while in prison, he is still considered a moderate to high risk to re-offend. Police are warning that male children in particular are at risk.

This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves. Police would like to remind the public that any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at Brown will not be tolerated.


Name: Graeme Kyle BROWNDOB: 1982-11-16Height: 170 cm (5’ 7″)Weight: 60 kg (152 lbs)Hair: Brown Eyes: GreenRace: CaucasianDistinguishing marks: None


Background information:

Graeme Kyle Brown is a 27 year-old male with a criminal record for sexual offences involving children.

Between 2003 and 2005, he was involved in acts of Sexual Interference against two boys aged 8 and 10 as well as a charge of Making Child Pornography (the acts of Sexual Interference were videotaped). On June 1, 2007, he was sentenced to 3 years with respect to these charges, all sentences to run concurrently.

On May 28, 2010, he will be released from prison and is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg. Upon release, Brown will be subject to the conditions of recognizance made under the Criminal Code.

Brown has participated in some sex offender treatment programs while in custody. However, he is still considered a moderate to high risk to re-offend. Male children are at risk of sexual violence.

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Bike-lane work downtown could snarl traffic

December 23rd, 2018

VANCOUVER – Cyclists will soon have an easier commute through downtown, but as construction on a Dunsmuir Street bike lane continues, traffic delays could cause headaches for drivers.

Dunsmuir traffic will be reduced to two lanes from Hornby to Beatty streets during the morning and evening rush hour and down to one lane during non-peak times of day, as city crews construct medians and traffic signal poles for a new two-way bike lane. Weekend traffic between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. will be reduced to one lane.

City staff are encouraging motorists to take alternative routes such as the Cambie Street Bridge to avoid traffic congestion.

"We’re messaging to motorists that there’s lots of capacity on the Cambie Bridge and encouraging people to look at alternatives," said Jerry Dobrovolny, assistant city engineer of transportation.

While many cyclists are looking forward to using the enclosed bike lane, some drivers making their way through downtown Thursday afternoon were complaining of delays on Dunsmuir. David Calmeyer said despite the traffic, he hasn’t seen anyone using the new cycling route on the Dunsmuir Viaduct.

"I can see it from my window and I look out and I see traffic like crazy and no one riding in the bike lane," he said.

According to Dobrovolny, a trial of the separated bike lane on the Dunsmuir Viaduct has shown an increase from less than 100 cyclists a day to nearly 1,000 daily. He anticipates that once the new downtown cycling route is completed by June 15, it will encourage more people to take their bikes to work instead of their cars.

Arno Schortinghuis, president of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, said the completion of the enclosed bike lane will make a big difference for cyclists downtown.

"It’s going to be extremely important," he said. "This is exactly the type of facility that will get way more people riding bikes. The more people that ride bikes, the safer it is for all cyclists."

Next week’s Bike to Work Week also aims to get more cyclists on the road. Leading up to bike week, ICBC is encouraging cyclists to take safety precautions to avoid collisions, such as wearing a helmet and reflective clothing.

Drivers are encouraged to keep an eye out for cyclists, keep at least a three-second following distance and stay out of bike lanes.

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Riversdale shifting gears

December 23rd, 2018

A local developer says Riversdale is ready for the next stage in its development.

To that end, Curtis Olson of Shift Development Inc. has purchased the former headquarters of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company at 220 20th St. West.

He plans to turn it into his company’s head office and the location of several like-minded small businesses involved in everything from graphic and website design to furniture design to engineering.

"I’m going to be kind of bringing together a lot of these forward-thinking businesses, people who are concerned about how our city is growing and developing in the coming years, into one facility,” said Olson.

"The building and Riversdale are going to be a home for my business for the next 20 years."

The main floor will have a cafe. Olson couldn’t announce the owner yet, but it’s an established local operator. Office and shared space, such as meeting and board rooms, will be upstairs.

Olson bought the building based on location and quality. Listed at $645,000, it was also a good price, though he wouldn’t say how much he paid for it. The rennovations should cost about $250,000 and be ready by fall. At one point, the building was home to Joe’s Cycle.

"That building is smack dab in the best part of 20th Street, and it’s a big building and it’s got great bones. And it’s going to be a really easy renovation project," Olson said.

"It’s one block away from the farmer’s market. I can walk there in five minutes from my house in Caswell Hill. I figure I’ve got it licked to live without a car now."

The concept of hubs for creative business — laptop-based, world-focused — is growing in the United States but still fairly rare in Canada, said Olson.

"I know a lot of people who’ve moved back to Saskatoon that still do business all over North America. They’re a little shop — but they have unbelievable talent.

"It’s going to be very exciting."

The theatre company, meanwhile, has said it plans to move next door to its original building at 228 20th St. after renovating it. The theatre was forced to restructure and put one of its two buildings up for sale due to its debt load.

While some ponder the future of Riversdale, Olson says he can already see it.

"I have spent a lot of time in Riversdale. I’ve kept a very close eye on that neighborhood and Caswell Hill. In my mind, the future of those two neighborhoods has already been determined because I know the demographic of people buying houses and moving into these areas and it is a very progressive, very urban-focused demographic of people moving in.

"The future is written for Riversdale."

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Rookie Gail Peck

November 23rd, 2018

Gail may be clever, but she’s also devious, two-faced and totally out for herself. She is not above sucking up, fudging the truth or taking credit for the accomplishments of others. Her goal is to overcome the petty allegiances of her rookie class and climb the ranks to a cushy big brass desk job.

Meet Charlotte Sullivan

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Toronto-born Charlotte Sullivan began her acting career in 1996 starring in Harriet the Spy with Rosie O’Donnell. She soon found herself landing a variety of film and television roles including Judging Amy, opposite Amy Brenneman, and in Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist, which earned her a Young Artist award nomination. Other television appearances include Across the River to Motor City, M.V.P., as well as guest-starring roles in Murdoch Mysteries and The Listener.

Last year, she had the pleasure of working on the miniseries Iron Road with Academy Award® nominee Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia), and recently completed the miniseries remake of Alice in Wonderland entitled Alice, alongside Kathy Bates, Harry Dean Stanton and Tim Curry.

In film, Sullivan appeared alongside Mandy Moore in How To Deal and then with Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ romantic comedy Fever Pitch. In 2009, she starred in the Lifetime Film, Unstable, and had a role in the feature film, Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Big public response to hospital debate

November 23rd, 2018

People are giving more than their two cents worth to a Saskatoon Health Region panel examining where to build a new children’s hospital in Saskatoon.

"People are passionate about this," said Jim Rhode, chair of both the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority and the health region’s site validation panel.

"We’re pleasantly surprised or pleased with the number. It’s probably a little higher than what we anticipated."

A website designed specifically for the public has been visited 7,500 times since it was established at the end of April. Rhode says each of those visits involved people reading at least some of the information. The number does not include people who came across the home page and then left the site without further exploring it.

Of the people who visited the website, 70 sent an e-mail outlining their thoughts on what should be considered when determining where the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan should be built.

"They have to compose an e-mail or letter. We had some submissions that would be relatively short and some that would be up to a couple of pages long," he said.

"They’re saying things like keeping patients safe is first and foremost over any of the other criteria, having certain services close together, adequate parking. If you pick something that is not health-related, (parking) would be the key one that people are interested in."

Rhode wouldn’t provide a more detailed breakdown of people’s responses because he wants the panel members to see all of the submissions first, but he says that information will be made public within the next couple of weeks.

The panel’s 14 members will read every one of the 70 submissions received to date and Rhode hopes more will be received before the deadline on Monday at midnight.

In determining the best location for the children’s hospital, the members are considering four options: Renovate Saskatoon City Hospital, build an addition to City Hospital, build an addition to Royal University Hospital or build at City Hospital for maternal and children’s services and move some adult acute services, such as trauma and sub-specialties, from Royal University to City.

While the submissions have not been grouped according to preferred location, one site is not favoured over the other by the public, says Rhode.

"There’s a fair split. Again, when it comes to the ones that are thought-out, I would say it’s pretty close."

But the public feedback leads Rhode to believe some people have misconceptions about the project.

"I think there’s maybe some misunderstanding of how large this hospital is. Lots of people think we could easily put it into City because it’s a couple of units, but it’s much more than that," said Rhode.

"People believe that it doesn’t require a lot of space. They believe that City Hospital is more empty than perhaps it is or that it’s empty, period, which is not the case. There are also some comments that City Hospital was designed for (a children’s hospital), which is not the case."

The panel will meet behind closed doors for four days next week, starting on Monday. The members will work through 10 criteria, including the impact on patient care, the need for certain health-care services to be located together and the relative capital costs, for each of the four options.

"We won’t necessarily come to consensus. There will be discussion around (the criteria) and each member will have the ability to score on an individual basis," he said.

Rhode hopes to have a report with the panel’s recommendation written and submitted to the children’s hospital steering committee and then the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority within two weeks.

The website with the e-mail address for submissions is 杭州桑拿按摩论坛chssitevalidation.wordpress杭州夜网.

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Rookie Dov Epstein

November 23rd, 2018

Dov grew up idolizing "Starsky & Hutch" and has always wanted to drive fast cars and fire guns. A die-hard adrenaline junkie, his no-fear attitude stems from being raised on a steady diet of peace and love by his hippie parents.

Meet Gregory Smith

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Gregory Smith is an accomplished actor who has starred in 25 feature films including The Patriot with Mel Gibson; Small Soldiers with Kirsten Dunst, produced by Steven Spielberg; Nearing Grace, which opened the 2005 L.A. Film Festival to critical acclaim; and in Reginald Harkema’s Leslie, My Name is Evil, which made its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

In addition to having worked in over 100 television episodes – most notably as the protagonist Ephram Brown in hit series, Everwood – Smith is also an accomplished producer. In 2008, he developed and produced a comedy for Sony Screen Gems that starred Kenan Thompson, Zach Levi and Fran Kranz. He is currently in development on several film and television projects including the independent film On The Ice, a story about an Inuit hunter in the Arctic who becomes a witness to a murder.

As an Internet entrepreneur, Smith co-founded TheU杭州夜网 – an immersive student network that releases high production video tours of the most popular colleges in the U.S. He and his partner raised $1 million to develop and execute the concept and structured a co-branding deal with AOL Time Warner subsidiary, The WB.

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Rookie Andy McNally

November 23rd, 2018

Being a cop is in her blood. It’s all she’s ever known and all she ever wanted to be. She is the ultimate rescuer and enabler, but quickly learns that she can’t save the world because not everyone wants to be saved.

Meet Missy Peregrym

Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia

Familiar to television audiences as the illusive Candace Wilmer from Heroes, Missy Peregrym stands out in the industry as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actors.

She began her career as a model at the age of 18, booking print and commercial jobs for Mercedes Benz, Sprint Canada and the Olympics. Peregrym caught the eye of casting directors and naturally transitioned into acting, landing her first television role on James Cameron’s action-drama series, Dark Angel.

She has gone on to star in a variety of television projects including the martial arts series Black Sash and the drama Life as We Know It, in addition to guest appearances on The Chris Isaak Show, Smallville and Andromeda. Peregrym was also nominated for two Leo Awards (2008, 2009) for Best Female Lead Performance for her role as Andi in the series, Reaper.

Peregrym’s feature film debut came in 2006 starring opposite Jeff Bridges in the movie Stick It, playing a rebellious girl who is ordered to participate in a regimented sports world.

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Rookie Traci Nash

November 23rd, 2018

A single mom with a six-year-old son, Traci (Enuka Okuma) prides herself on her independence. She is Andy’s best friend from the academy and just like Andy, she is smart and hard-working. Yet the persona Traci projects – one of authority and composure – is much different from how she actually feels. Behind the confidence and brashness hides a deep well of uncertainty.

Meet Enuka Okuma

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enuka Okuma received her bachelor of fine arts with a major in theatre from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She started acting as a series regular on the teen dramas Fifteen and Northwood.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Sheri Davis in another teen series, Madison, which earned her two Gemini nominations. Soon after, Okuma garnered yet another Gemini nomination in 1999 for her guest-starring role in the hit series, Traders. Her recent television credits include roles on Cold Case, Grey’s Anatomy, The Guard and a recurring guest starring role on the hit series, 24.

Okuma has shared the big screen with many of Hollywood’s elite including Christopher Plummer, Ashley Judd, Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Gary Sinise and Kenneth Branagh.

For her role in the independent feature, Daydrift, she received the distinguished Artistic Merit Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

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